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Darien Library Unveils New Initiative For Book Recommendations

The Darien Library is offering a new book database for its patrons.
The Darien Library is offering a new book database for its patrons. Photo Credit: Darien Public Library

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Library has created another way for patrons to find the perfect book to read with this month’s launch of its Bookbrowser Station.

“Our librarians provided more than 3,000 personal book recommendations to our patrons last year," said Stephanie Anderson, the library's assistant director for public services. "We are always trying to reach more of our community and help them find their perfect books. This grant is an excellent opportunity for us to continue to improve our recommendations and reach even more readers.”

The Readers’ Advisory team designed this new tool to be an extension of its services. The Bookbrowser Station is powered by NoveList, a database for both librarians and readers.

In October, NoveList named Darien Library as a recipient of the 2017 Grow Your NoveList Usage Grant. The grant, which is awarded to libraries as a way to promote readers’ advisory, is paying for not only the Bookbrowser Station, but also professional development training and promotional tools like bookmarks.

The Bookbrowser Station gives any patron at the library the power to instantly find book recommendations by looking up genre and appeal, as well as to discover new books by looking up favorite authors and titles. In addition, patrons can then evaluate those books by reading reviews written by librarians from across the country.

“We already use NoveList regularly in order to provide our Bookfix service as well as to serve our many registered book groups,” said Virginia Grubbs, the library's readers adviser. “It’s exciting to think of how many more people we can help now that we have this new tool.”

Patrons can find the Bookbrowser Station on the first floor of the library, next to the welcome desk. In addition, the NoveList database can be accessed by all library cardholders through the library's website via the research page. To learn more, go to welcomedesk@darienlibrary.org or call (203) 669-5239.

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